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Nir Hacohen

Assistant Professor
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Associate member of the Broad Institute

His research focuses on how immune responses are initiated in response to pathogens. His laboratory found that immune cells turn on tailored genetic programs in response to distinct pathogens, thus allowing the immune system to distinguish viruses, bacteria and fungi. His current work focuses on dissecting the mechanisms of specific pathogen and autoimmune responses using RNA interference as a tool to uncover the genes and mechanisms involved in these processes.